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See it if you like some top-notch Sondheim songs, Patti Lupone, an enthusiastic cast, and busy set design
Don't see it if you expect an improvement over previous revivals and jaw-dropping hit numbers
See it if ...you love mythology, fantastic singing, creative scenic and costume design, and a terrific ensemble
Don't see it if ...you expect a typical Broadway show; if you prefer a straightforward, realistic story
See it if ...you like an ensemble piece based on the actual experiences of a real person. And see it if Jenn Collela is in it!
Don't see it if ...you want to see a fully-staged show; you long for more clever lyrics and less repetitive music
See it if you enjoy one-person shows in an intimate venue, and that include chances for audience participation. Good for an unusual take on Van Gogh.
Don't see it if you expect a biographical, linear story; or if you expect a glitzy production
See it if you like musicals with topical import, great acting, hypnotizing music, and clever, minimalistic staging.
Don't see it if you expect blockbuster pyrotechnics, big-name performers, or do not like performances without intermissions.
See it if ...you love a classic Broadway score, terrific acting, inventive staging, glorious costumes, and a stellar (if imperfect) cast
Don't see it if ...you expect contemporary setting; you can't imagine MFL without Julie Andrews and/or Rex Harrison; you want to be out in 2 hours.
See it if ...you enjoy a star-studded and powerful cast, minimalistic staging, and a different take on Joan of Arc.
Don't see it if ...you seek spectacle, tire of legal arguments, or can't focus on a wordy play.
See it if for Mark Rylance (AMAZING!) and if you enjoy musings on madness, duty, love, music, and period pieces with modern overtones.
Don't see it if you expect bright lights (lit mostly by candles), loudness (period instruments), or if you avoid issues of mental illness.
See it if ...you appreciate historical places and the connections between performers and their faiths
Don't see it if ...expect a show. This is a tour of a small historic space, especially poignant to Jews.
See it if ...you love an immersive experience, are a Sondheim fan, enjoy unusual staging
Don't see it if ...you expect a traditional performance, a full orchestra, a passive experience
See it if ...you love great musicals and would enjoy a "tasting menu" of hits. The diverse, talented cast delivers, esp. Tony Yazbeck & Karen Ziemba.
Don't see it if ...you expect a cohesive narrative or want more than assorted "greatest hits"
See it if you enjoy solo performances, strong singing, and a mix of songs (only some of which are linked to Ella Fitzgerald
Don't see it if you expect a straight-ahead biography; if you prefer shows with multiple performers
See it if ...you like inventive staging, immersive theatre (some seats in the action), multi-talented performers who sing, dance, and play instruments
Don't see it if ...expect a traditional musical or historical accuracy; WARNING: Production uses strobe lights and very loud sound effects
See it if ...you appreciate an original musical based on actual events and people; ...you feel able to revisit the roiling emotions of 9/11;
Don't see it if ...you expect razzle-dazzle; ...you prefer escapist fluff; ...you don't like minimal staging
See it if you want to watch dysfunctional and largely unaffecting characters trying to deal with the impending death of a young woman
Don't see it if you expect a linear story line, coherent characters, people to care about
See it if you love Kevin Kline, farce, witty repartee, yummy costumes, Cole Porter, period pieces, old-fashioned but clever sets
Don't see it if you expect music or prefer modern, up-to-date settings, or plays that present a deep message
See it if you like GREAT ensemble acting, intense political drama, topical themes, and an absorbing theatrical experience in an intimate setting.
Don't see it if you prefer musicals or lighter fare, you object to foul language, or dislike the intrigue of tense political negotiations.
See it if you like the work of Wallace Shawn, dystopian political parables, or want to see good actors in a small theatre set like a living room
Don't see it if you expect action, closure, or a straightforward plot
See it if ...you like world music, appreciate timeless folksongs, enjoy audience participation, like your heart warmed by universal human experiences.
Don't see it if ...you expect dialog, fancy costumes, staging or musical arrangements, name stars.
See it if -you like a provocative play with a small excellent cast. -you appreciate explorations of history, faith, racism, death, character, choice
Don't see it if you expect lots of action you seek comedy or elaborate staging
See it if you want to see a young and energetic group of actor/singer/dancers giving life to an old classic in a streamlined version
Don't see it if you expect perfection, major production values, etc. and edgy music
See it if you love Audra McDonald, Billy Porter, and other brilliant and talented singer-dancers. Good costumes and decent dance numbers
Don't see it if you expect a cohesive book
See it if you support LGBTQ issues & want to see a brilliant, intimate, and emotional coming-of-age story about recognizing one's identity.
Don't see it if you expect something ordinary and linear
See it if you want to see a terrific ensemble in a contemporary tale of love, truth, justice, honor, and the difficult choices people make.
Don't see it if you're expecting a musical or a comedy (though this play has some funny moments)
See it if you like a great ensemble presenting a powerful story of one woman's rise to recognize her power and beauty. Terrific singing
Don't see it if you don't like ensemble work